01/15/2013 2:14PM

Hollywood Park's future to be presented to California Horse Racing Board


A decision on whether Betfair Hollywood Park will conduct a fall meeting later this year, or be closed for future development, is expected to be announced at Thursday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting at Santa Anita.

Hollywood Park has not publicly indicated what will be announced Thursday. The track’s president, Jack Liebau, declined to elaborate on the track’s plans earlier this month. There are expectations among industry officials that the track will conduct racing this fall, according to two people familiar with the discussions. Hollywood has been assigned racing dates from Nov. 6 to Dec. 22, according to the racing board’s website.

Last August, Hollywood Park officials committed to running a spring meeting this year – from April 24 to July 14 – but would not commit to a 2013 fall meeting that far in advance.

Hollywood Park officials have stated that the Inglewood, Calif., track will eventually be closed for residential and commercial development, and that the racing industry would have a six-month notice of those plans in order to facilitate the relocation of more than 1,000 Thoroughbreds based there and to reconfigure racing dates in Southern California.

Los Alamitos officials have expressed an interest in expanding its five-eighth-mile track in Orange County, and building additional stables, to accommodate Thoroughbred racing in the event of Hollywood Park’s closure, but the track has not released any formal plans.